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West Linn's Summer Market brings the party to Willamette Falls Drive. It is held each Wednesday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. See you there!

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - One of the markets most popular items is fresh, local strawberries.

West Linn's Summer Market kicked off June 5 and will continue every Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. through August.

The Summer Market, which takes place along the historic Willamette Falls Drive in West Linn, attracts people from all over the area with its food, drink and music. The market boasts a variety of vendors offering local produce and honey, handmade artisan crafts, hot foods and sweet treats. The market also features a beer and wine garden.

The market has a record number of booths this year according to Market Manager Cortney Robinson.

"We've almost doubled our booths from last year," she said.

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - One of the markets most popular items is fresh, local strawberries.

According to Robinson the market had 30 or 40 booths last year and now has just over 60.

Robinson said one of the biggest draws to the market is the wine. In addition to being served in the beer and wine garden, wine from local wineries can be bought by the bottle at several booths.

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - Grandma Bs offers  a variety of home made treats, some of them modeled after grocery store favorites like Pop-tarts and Twinkies.

In years past, the market would see about 300-500 people coming through on nights when the market was just getting started, but then attendance would drop off as the summer wore on Robinson said.

"I'm hoping to keep that momentum throughout (the summer). It tends to drop off toward the end of the market, because if we don't have enough attendance, some of the vendors leave and if some of the vendors leave, some of the customers leave," she explained.

Hopefully, the greater number of vendors at this year's market will prevent that cycle of declining attendance and vendor participation.

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - A girl gets her face painted on opening night of the market.

Opening night of the market saw community members of all ages whole-heartedly enjoying themselves: wide-eyed kids devouring cotton candy, watching parents smiling as their children's faces are painted, couples perusing the fresh, local produce and vendors happily offering samples to anyone passing by.

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW -  A man performs for the benefit of market patrons.

Several of the markets vendors offer strawberries.

A young market-goer digs into her cotton candy.


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